On Sunday 9th December the Museum Manager, Sam, and Trustee, Ian, visited the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond to learn about how they have developed their museum over the last 23 years. As well as finding out about how they operate and are funded, Sam and Ian got a tour of the 49 acre site (on a bus, no less!), taking in both visitor and behind the scenes areas. The site is a credit to the hard-work that has taken place by volunteers – we thoroughly recommend a visit! Details of their opening times and events can be found on their website: www.svbm.online/
We look forward to keeping in touch with our neighbours across the water and applying some of their methods for long-term sustainability and growth.
Trustees Don Ridgway and Peter Webber were delighted to present museum volunteer Ian Innes with a thank you card and gift voucher this week. Ian showed exceptional customer service during the museum’s recent VisitScotland assessment, achieving five stars in the service and hospitality grading. The museum achieved an overall grading of three stars and will continue to develop its offer to visitors in the hope of achieving four stars in the future.
Dundee Museum of Transport is delighted to announce a new activity trail for summer 2017! Brick Transport Models are taking over the museum displays, with numerous planes, trains, cars and vans dotted around the museum for visitors to find. To celebrate these fantastic models going on display we are giving away 10 family passes! An announcement will go out at mid-day on Wednesday 31st May via our website, facebook and twitter so keep an eye on our pages to secure your FREE pass.
With sunnier days ahead of us (fingers crossed!) you can visit the museum SIX DAYS per week (Tues – Sun, 10:30am -3:30pm) until the end of October. For this season we are delighted to announce that we have a number of new exhibits to see including a fantastic display of motorbikes- the earliest dating back to 1912 – and our biggest programme of events to date! With plenty to see and do we hope to see you at the museum soon.
The museum is very pleased with its most recent acquisition: a Panda Police Car purchased on eBay!
The 1970’s Morris Minor is the last of its kind as far as we know, having faithfully served in Dundee’s Police Force.
Having secured the latest addition to the museums collection, after picking it up on a 19-hour round trip to Rugby, the intention now will be to finish what the sellers, Tom and Wendy, started: to return the car to its full glory and put it on display.
This latest addition is in very good shape and with a well-preserved chassis. The original interior has been retained with all the necessary parts. The previous owners have also kindly donated their collected memorabilia — including roof lights, a police radio and some original badges and buttons from a uniform.
The Museum hopes to unveil the car, fully restored, this summer.
Dundee Museum of Transport has today (Thursday 20th October) revealed that their Heritage Lottery Fund application for just over £2M will be refined and enhanced after receiving detailed feedback from the funding institution.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) uses money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. It is currently planned that the funding will be used in the development phase of the Maryfield Tram Depot project.
The HLF were complimentary of the project, where they “considered that [the] project did qualify for support”. In addition, the achievements to-date and ambition of Dundee Museum of Transport were highlighted, as was the Trust’s ability to work with partners and build on local partnerships.
Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said:
“We are not at all dismayed with the outcome that we received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we see this as an opportunity to strengthen our position and resilience of the Trust to ensure that we are more than capable of delivering our ambitious project.”
“We have had nothing but strong support from the HLF, with our project being identified as eligible for funding. As such, we will be using this time to work with our existing partners to strengthen key aspects of the organisation.”
The Museum opened its current premises to critical acclaim in 2014, achieving a three-star VisitScotland rating and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in its first year alone.
Led solely by volunteers, museum bosses have heralded the recent success and are continuing to drive the project forward in their quest to seek nearly £4 million to redevelop their Maryfield Tram Depot into a fully restored national visitor attraction.
Dundee Museum of Transport is currently open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 to 15.30 at its temporary Market Street premises.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today announced a £500,000 boost to help Dundee Museum of Transport renovate the former Maryfield Tram Depot.
In the early 1900s the B-Listed red brick building housed the city’s trams, part of a popular network that operated for 79 years. After the last tram left the building in 1956, Maryfield became home to a fleet of buses, cementing its position as an important part of the city’s industrial and social heritage.
The building has stood empty in recent years, falling into disrepair, but has now been bought by Dundee Museum of Transport. The funding from Historic Environment Scotland will help them to make the repairs needed to make it a permanent home for their collections.
Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said,
“Dundee Museum of Transport have developed a clear and pragmatic business plan for renovating the building, and it’s clear they have strong support locally as well as from funders like HLF. It’s great to see a project which has such a high level of community interest, and I’m looking forward to seeing the museum in its new home.”
The money is awarded as part of Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repair Grants scheme, which supports repair work to buildings of historic or architectural interest. This is the third round of investment to be announced since Historic Environment Scotland came into being in October 2015.
Dundee Museum of Transport’s Chairman, Jimmy McDonell said,
“We are delighted that Historic Environment Scotland is contributing significantly towards the vital repairs required to the Maryfield Tram Depot. This is a crucial scheme in our development plan towards transforming the B-listed building into a modern transport museum fit for the future. Our mission as a Trust is to preserve and enhance our rich transport heritage for generations to come, and this grant is a significant step in achieving that goal.”
“With the predicted influx of visitors set to descend on Dundee in the months and years ahead, a result of the ongoing investment in the city and its Waterfront, we believe that Dundee Museum of Transport has an important role to play. Not only will it be a fantastic, engaging and accessible tourist attraction for the city, but a place in which we can spark fresh interest in Dundee’s heritage, and re-ignite memories of days gone by.”